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Facetime Now Available in Saudi Arabia After the Latest Ios 11.3 Update

What is FaceTime

FaceTime is Apple’s video and audio calling service. Think of it as a phone that uses your Wi-Fi or cellular data connection instead of traditional phone lines. You can use it from any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, to call anyone else using any one of those devices.

FaceTime Now Available in Saudi Arabia with iOS 10.3 Update

Now with iOS 11.3 is finally FaceTime is officially enabled for use in Saudi Arabia, after previously not being the case.

Audio and video calling on apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and many others were banned by in Saudi for years until the government lifted the ban in September last year.

As soon as the ban was lifted, people were able to make calls using most of the apps. However, with FaceTime, it was different. As Apple explains on its website, “FaceTime isn’t available or might not appear on devices purchased or used in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan.”

But with the iOS 11.3, that is changing, at least in Saudi, “However, with iOS 11.3, FaceTime is available on iPhone in Saudi Arabia,” Apple notes on its website.

Some retailers in Saudi used to charge a higher price for iPhone with FaceTime in Saudi. It didn’t work in Saudi but many users wanted to have the option anyway esp. the frequent travellers. After this update, it seems that those retailers won’t be able to charge that premium anymore.

Now even Non-FaceTime enabled Apple devices getting the service with iOS 10.3 update.



Mohammed Ameen is an expatriate blogger who loves sharing his experiences of living and working in the Gulf countries.